The present and the projection of Alejandro Balde They are beyond any doubt. In it Barçabelieve in his talent and quality, and that is why he renewed, at the end of September, until June 2028. But the truth is that his prominence in the team has decreased in recent weeks and even Xavi has bet on placing the João Cancelo, right back, on the left and leave the youth player on the bench in the last two crosses. Despite the blind faith that the coach has in his young defender, he has made it clear that the competition is tough and that in the Catalan block no one can take their place for granted: progression must be constant.
Xavi It is committed to rotations, despite having a short staff, and does not hesitate when it comes to moving the pieces of the team in search of greater performance and better sporting benefits. In recent weeks, the left-handed back has suffered variations. Bucket, which seemed untouchable, is no longer so. The coach is not only taking care of him on a physical level, so that he does not accumulate so many minutes and thus avoid the risk of injuries, he is also confirming that in the Barcelona there is no room for stagnation.
The Catalan defender made the jump to the first team with Ronald Koeman in the 21-22 season (he participated in seven games), but it was the past when he settled into the starting eleven, displacing Jordi Alba to the bench, a place to which he was also relegated Marcos Alonso. He played 44 crosses and was one of the most outstanding footballers in the Barcelona and of the LaLigabeing, despite his youth, an absolute international and being summoned for the Qatar World Cup.
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This season, the 20-year-old defender also started the competition as the starting left back. But in the last five games (three of LaLiga and two of Champions), the culé youth player has only started in one, against Ray in Vallecas, and in front of Atlético de Madrid nor did he jump onto the field of play. Against those of Simeone and in front of Portin the highest continental competition, Xavi opted to reconvert João Cancelo and place it on the left side.
At the club and in the technical offices, they firmly believe in the talent of Bucket (who this year has participated in 18 matches and has provided one assist), but they believe that this new situation can help him progress at a sporting level, he must take a step forward on the pitch (take more risks in his actions, have more leadership, be more concentrated, expose yourself more…), and also on a personal level: the footballers of the big teams must live for and for the profession and avoid as many distractions as possible.
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